Has this election cycle stressed you out? Are the kids really getting to you? Is work frustrating you? We all know life can really try the nerves. There’s there’s good news for everyone feeling overwhelmed, exciting new science is showing just how effective breathing exercises are for improving anxiety. Breathing exercises not only improve anxiety, but it can also improve your immune system and alertness.
We’ve all heard someone say to their friend “just relax and take a breath,” it turns out there’s some truth to the old saying. An associate professor at Boston University just completed a study using yoga to treat depressive symptoms. After his 12 week study, it was seen that not only the external symptoms of depression were relieved, but the biochemical symptoms were relieved as well. While the study was quite small, the results are very promising especially for those who want to improve their mood.
There are numerous different ways to use breathing to relax. This quick instructional video can give you an idea of how to use breathing to relax, experts say you can use this technique and others like for 20 minutes a day. It is hypothesized that by taking deep breaths you’re telling your body that everything is okay and triggers it to relax.
Breathing exercises won’t only improve your nerves, it has also been shown to increase your alertness and immune system. A recent study at the University of South Carolina showed that breathing exercises decreased the levels of cytokines that are associated with stress and inflammation. It will be exciting to find out just how powerful good breathing habits are as scientists unravel this simple practice.
Adopting a habit of breathing exercise can improve your life, allowing you to have better health, and all you have to do is just put some time aside for some simple exercises. So why not take a little time to learn about healthy breathing and watch your anxiety decrease and your health improve. Next time life grows overwhelming remember to just relax and breath.